(Persia Digest) – A chemist in Mashhad has turned a small part of his pharmacy into a permanent little art gallery and called it the “Pharmacy Gallery”. The works of a different painter are displayed here every fortnight.
Dr Amir Jalalianfard is a chemist and art lover who owns his own pharmacy in the provincial capital of Khorasan Razavi, Mashhad. He has turned his walls into a little gallery. He has painted one of these in blue and puts it at the disposal of visual artists rent free. Those artists who are not interested in holding exhibitions in specialist galleries, or are unable to afford the costs, bring their works here.
The little patio to the right, old forgotten objects on the medicine shelves, a few canaries, and a samovar and freshly brewed tea served to all the customers have made this a different, jolly pharmacy.
Dr Jalalianfard is also a graphics graduate and believes that art works in the pharmacy can increase the visual literacy of those who frequent this place and instill good feelings in them. He says just the fact that customers come in, look at the paintings, and drink their tea or tisane makes him happy.
Photos: Iman Jannati/Aks-e Shahr